Exploring Black Holes, Second Edition

Edwin F. Taylor, John Archibald Wheeler, and Edmund Bertschinger

The first edition of Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity, authored by Oersted Medal winner Edwin Taylor and foremost relativist John Archibald Wheeler, offered a concise, directed examination of general relativity and black holes. Its goal was to provide tools that motivate students to become active participants in carrying out their own investigations about curved spacetime near Earth and black holes. To that end, the book used calculus and algebra, rather than tensors, to make general relativity accessible to second- and third-year students.

In this second edition -- labeled EBH2e -- coauthor Edmund Bertschinger joins Edwin F. Taylor to revise and expand the first edition. The text uses the properties of non-spinning and spinning black holes to introduce Albert Einstein's theory of curved spacetime and applies the resulting general relativity to the Universe around us.

There is no published hard copy textbook of EBH2e. Instead, you may freely download the online version through the links below for personal and class use. For full details, download the README file below.

"...the prose of this text is rich, sometimes whimsical, and always aimed directly at helping the reader develop an intuition for the physics that lives beneath the mathematical surface."

William H. Ingham
review of first edition, American Journal of Physics, Vol. 69, No. 11, pp. 1212-1213, November 2001
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download AAAFrontCover170913v1.pdf pdf 74.5 KB 13-09-17 Front Cover
download AAFrontMatter170421v6.pdf pdf 181.3 KB 09-05-17 Front Matter
download AContents170511v1.pdf pdf 46.4 KB 11-05-17 Table of Contents
download Ch01Speeding170508v1.pdf pdf 603.8 KB 10-05-17 Chapter 1: Speeding
download Ch02BridgeSRtoGR170511v1.pdf pdf 540.8 KB 11-05-17 Chapter 2: The Bridge: SR to GR
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download Ch04GlobalPositioningSystem160401v1.pdf pdf 326.1 KB 10-05-17 Chapter 4: The Global Positioning System (GPS)
download Ch05GlobalLocalMetrics170328v2.pdf pdf 812.4 KB 10-05-17 Chapter 5: Global and Local Metrics
download Ch06Diving170329v1.pdf pdf 530.0 KB 10-05-17 Chapter 6: Diving
download Ch07InsideTheBlackHole170511v1.pdf pdf 948.8 KB 11-05-17 Chapter 7: Inside the Black Hole
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download Ch14ExpandUniverse170331v1.pdf pdf 592.7 KB 12-05-17 Chapter 14: Expanding Universe
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